Lutheran World Relief has nearly 75 years of demonstrated expertise helping rural communities living in poverty adapt to the challenges that threaten their livelihoods and well-being. Our international team of experts develops the most effective tools to help people achieve self-sufficiency. We apply solutions specific to the needs of each community, such as providing access to capital for small businesses or helping farmers adapt to changing climate conditions. Our long history of partnership with local communities, businesses, and governments enables our in-country professionals to elevate local knowledge and leverage relationships that drive results. By investing in people and their skills and strengthening their ability to adapt, LWR enables those living in poverty to build the resilience they need to thrive.
LWR seeks a consultant who can conduct a series of field interviews to analyze East Africa.s coffee value chain challenges, from post-harvest processing to the roaster (or buyer), so that LWR can better support the needs of coffee value chain actors, including producers, traders, buyers, and policy makers. The consultant will identify:
* Challenges faced by each actor along the coffee value chain (emphasis on which actor, whether the producer, trader, or buyer, will be dependent on country)
* Coffee value chain local buyers and processors, particularly for the United States market;
* Strategies for successful market linkages between local buyers and processors;
* Companies within the United States that purchase from East Africa and their specific interests; and
* Successful project models to improve the coffee value chain.
**Scope of Work**
In close consultation with LWR.s East Africa staff, the consultant will be expected to conduct desk research and informational interviews both in the United States and in target countries that will provide a robust analysis of the coffee value chain in East Africa. It is anticipated these countries will include, but not be limited to: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda. In particular, the consultant will be asked to:
1. Map key actors (donors, implementing organizations, private sector, foundations) in the coffee value chain.
2. Identify current programming in the coffee value chain within East Africa.
3. Collaborate with LWR staff to identify a list of individuals and groups to interview regarding coffee value chain challenges.
4. Conduct, in conjunction with LWR staff, interviews to identify coffee value chain opportunities and challenges.
5. Provide recommendations on gaps/niches LWR can fill to address coffee value chain challenges focusing primarily on market access but also including areas we may not already be working in but should consider entering.
6. Produce a report and summary presentation (10 slides) with an analysis of the coffee value chain export market challenges in each country.
**Duration of the Assignment**
The assignment is expected to take 30-45 days beginning immediately and concluding in early to mid-April 2019.
Expert knowledge of coffee value chain stakeholders and institutional donors (US Government donors preferred). Previous experience with INGOs and experience in the coffee value chain required. Fluency in English is required.
Interested candidates should provide a cover letter and CV detailing their experience, any similar assignments, and their proposed budget for the assignment. Applicants should send this information to Rebecca Anzueto at ...@lwr.org. with the subject line \"East Africa Coffee Value Chain Analysis\". Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
1. Inception Report and Work Plan: The Inception Report will: 1) describe the consultant.s understanding of the terms of reference; 2) propose modifications to or provide additional detail about the methodology the consultant will use; 3) detail the primary and secondary sources the consultant will consult, by objective; 4) describe the consultant.s plan to solicit feedback and verification from LWR staff during the assignment; and 5) present the detailed work plan and confirm timing of the deliverables.
2. Draft Report: A report synthesizing the secondary data collected and identifying key individuals for informational interviews. Data and individuals will be collected in collaboration with LWR East Africa team. The consultant will convene selected LWR HQ and Field staff to present the preliminary findings and recommendations and solicit feedback and additional areas for investigation.
3. Travel to Field to Conduct Stakeholder Interviews: Conduct in-country interviews with coffee value chain actors identified in the initial report with LWR Field Staff.
4. Final Report: The consultant will present the final report in the format agreed to after the draft report consultations. The final report will consolidate information gathered during desk research and in person interview. The final report should, to the extent practical within the agreed-on methodology and resources, answer the primary objectives and address feedback received during the draft report consultations. The consultant will also provide a summary presentation (10 slides) highlighting major findings from the analysis.
*Location:* Baltimore, MD
*Employment Type:* Other
*Department:* New Business Development
Associated topics: analyse, analysis, business analytic, financial analytic, forecasting, guidance, investment analytics, investment fund, legal, refine